Olympic Fast Facts
- Olympic National Park covers a total area of 922,561 acres
- The number of people visiting Olympic in 2016 was 3,390,221 *
- Olympic was made a national park on June 29, 1938
- The lowest elevation found in Olympic is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
- The highest elevation found in Olympic is 7,965 feet on Mount Olympus
- The entrance fee for Olympic is $15 per vehicle per week
- Olympic National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
- We last visited Olympic National Park in August 2015
Random Facts About Olympic
- In 1897 President Grover Cleveland created the Olympic Forest Reserve. In 1909 President Theodore Roosevelt designated a portion of the reserve Mount Olympus National Monument, mostly in response to the slaughter of the area elk. In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the legislation creating Olympic National Park, absorbing the national monument. It was nearly named Elk National Park instead.
- The ecosystem variety results in over 1,200 types of plants. There are four types of forest alone, including montane, alpine, lowland, and temperate rain forest.
- Olympic National Park includes 73 miles of Pacific coastline, maintained in its wild state.
- 95% of the land in Olympic National Park is designated wilderness.
- Olympic National Park protects the largest wild herd of Roosevelt elk in the world.
Where is Olympic National Park?
Olympic National Park is located in the northwest corner of the state of Washington, taking up much of the Olympic Peninsula. Much of the park is very remote and hard to access, but several areas offer easy visitor access. The town of Port Angeles is directly outside of the Hurricane Ridge area, while the town of Forks is on the west side, near coastal areas and south of the Hoh Rain Forest. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Olympic.
More About Olympic
We have pages on all sorts of things about Olympic National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.